Jeff Duncan on Net Neutrality

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

From his FB page:

I have been getting a lot of calls and questions on the Net Neutrality and Title II debate this week, so I wanted to share little history of this issue and where we are today. I am a strong believer in an open internet, free of excessive government regulation and control. That is precisely why I support the decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday to free the internet of 1930-styled regulations that were imposed upon it by the Obama Administration that are responsible for reducing critical broadband investment crucial for the rural Third District and […]

How are people responding to Marco Rubio’s threat to vote NO on tax bill?

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

These responses to Rubio’s FB post asking people to weigh in come in just a 17 minute span of time.  There were hundreds more.  Methinks Marco overplayed his hand.
You’re going to vote against the bill that would spur economic growth so that people don’t NEED your $2000 gift. On what planet does that make sense?

If you make less than 45,000 in Florida you get free college and free health insurance for which I pay over 50,000 a year. Why should we top up income for these people.
You will lose my vote.

Vote for the bill. Argue for what you want in […]

Is SC Attorney General Alan Wilson in trouble?

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

TheState.com:
Toward the end of his presentation to a state judge Wednesday, special prosecutor David Pascoe turned his sights to S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson’s relationship with the political empire of Rick Quinn and the Quinn political empire.

“These next slides, your honor, demonstrate not only the corruption on the part of Rick Quinn and Richard Quinn & Associates, but their contempt for this process, and their attempts to influence the investigation and attempts to influence the judiciary,” Pascoe told Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen.

In October 2014, for example, Richard Quinn helped Wilson draft a letter to remove Pascoe from the State House […]

Greenville attorney William Herlong to run for SC Attorney General

December 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Definitely keeping my eye on William.

GreenvilleJournal.com:
Greenville attorney and former Greenville County School Board member William Herlong said Wednesday he is running for state attorney general as a Republican.

Herlong, 59, said he would make an official announcement in January.

“South Carolina is a truly wonderful place, but the corruption in our state capital threatens us, our reputation, and our way of life,” Herlong said in an email disclosing his intention. “The AG is the one officer who must do everything in his power to prevent and punish corruption. Our current AG has failed in that duty. In fact, he has actively worked […]

Rep. Josiah Magnuson Town Hall January 4

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Mark your calendars – The Dutch Plate Restaurant, January 4 at 6:30 PM.

Q&A session, come and discuss the issues. Arrive early to eat supper.

j@magnusonsc.com

864.420.7933

Bring your neighbors to meet your State Rep.

One of the most valuable articles I’ve read in 2017

December 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Please read this article from ammoland.com.

Probably goes without saying, this is not confined to 2nd Amendment activists, hope it doesn’t appear so. WHAT a valuable lesson! So difficult to learn. Political maturity is hard to attain being that so many of us get active because our emotions have been aroused. It is hard to wait for progress, and hard to look at small progress as a win.  And this article epitomizes one of the reasons the left has been so successful for decades at outmaneuvering conservatives – they have realized that movement toward an eventual goal is NOT to be […]

Councilman Justin Bradley pushes for full funding of Local Govt Fund

December 8th, 2017|1 Comment

Reported by SHJ:
Spartanburg County taxpayers are footing at least part of the multi-million dollar bill for state-mandated functions because the Legislature has failed to fully fund the local government fund, County Councilman Justin Bradley said.

At a recent county council retreat, Bradley said he is pushing for the Legislature to live up to its commitment, under a statutory formula, when it develops its budget in the spring.

“If we received full funding of the LGF, we would get $16 million back, leaving us with close to a $2 million shortfall even under the formula,” Bradley said. “In fact, they are shorting us […]

Bill 1035, signed by Gov. Haley, overcomes law enforcement objection to medical marijuana

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Recently Tom Davis wrote a letter to SC law enforcement agencies about a bill for medical marijuana which is currently in committee. His letter rightly points out that the opposition they cite has already been overcome in our state, with the passage of Bill 1035, signed by Gov. Nikki Haley in June 2014.
“In my six years as a state senator, I have always supported full funding for law enforcement, which is without question a core and critical function of state government.  And I have great respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day […]

Tom Davis Cannabis Symposium

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

I fully support Senator Tom Davis in his efforts to create and pass legislation which will allow families and patients, with proper prescription from their doctor, to be allowed to treat their illness with medical marijuana.  Here is Tom at a recent SC symposium sharing his story and why he fights so hard for these families.

 

 

Begin saving gas receipts in January

December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

WPDE.com reports:
Starting in January 2018, you can save your receipts to claim new motor fuel income tax credit.

The South Carolina Department of Revenue released guidance to help taxpayers prepare. The tax credit is meant to offset the increased motor fuel user fee established by the South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act.
 Taxpayers can claim the tax credit when filing their state income tax returns starting in 2019.
The Department of Revenue has released a list of what you need to know.

• This is a refundable credit on up to two vehicles per resident taxpayer and is provided to offset the […]

Roger Nutt plans to call for road fee repeal

December 5th, 2017|1 Comment

SHJ reports:
Mention Spartanburg County’s road fee, and you’re sure to get a reaction even though it’s been more than 12 years since the $25 “tax” on vehicles was passed, according to Councilman Roger Nutt.

“People really don’t like the road fee,” Nutt said. “It’s an extra tax when they’re already paying taxes. You feel the taxes you pay should already pay for roads.”

At a recent county council retreat, Nutt said he plans to “beat the drum” for an eventual call to repeal the controversial fee, which passed in March 2005 by a 4-3 vote.

He would like to use funds from other […]

A bit of history of Medical Marijuana in South Carolina

December 4th, 2017|0 Comments

I strongly support Senator Tom Davis and all the families and advocates working on removing the legislative barriers that keep SC children / patients from getting prescribed medication legally in South Carolina.  Here’s a bit of history on the topic in our state. Reported by Washington Post.
South Carolina state Sen. Tom Davis first heard the name Mary Louise Swing in late January of last year.

The opening month of the 2014 legislative session was just wrapping up, and the legislator was back from the capital city of in Columbia to do some work at his law office in Beaufort, a scenic […]

SC lawmakers expressed great concern about county spending practices

December 4th, 2017|1 Comment

Really ?  Now ??

Hannah Hill reports at TheNerve.org:
In a House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting this week, state lawmakers expressed great concern about the responsibility of county spending practices.

Let’s be clear: County spending habits are technically no concern of the state, from a jurisdictional perspective. However, the law requires the General Assembly to set aside 4.5% of last year’s general fund revenue for the local government fund (LGF) to cover state mandates on counties and municipalities. Lawmakers’ habitual failure to fully fund the LGF has been a source of local frustration for years.

Instead of simply following the law, the Ways and […]

National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Nearing Floor Vote

November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Reported at Breitbart:
Rep. Richard Hudson’s (R-NC) national reciprocity legislation will receive a markup from the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, making it possible for the bill to receive a floor vote by the end of the year.
Hudson’s legislation, Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, was introduced on January 3, 2017. It treats a concealed carry permit like a driver’s license, making a permit from one state valid in the other 49. In so doing it would correct the complicated and often confusing patchwork of concealed carry laws currently in effect throughout the country.

Congress.gov describes a markup:
A committee markup is the key formal step a […]

Recap of Local Govt Fund meeting 11/28

November 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Spartanburg GOP Chair Josh Kimbrell brought us up to date on what has transpired since our press conference.  He has spoken with council members, GOP chairs and county attorneys in various SC counties who are on board with this effort to require our legislators to “follow the law you wrote”.  There are plans to continue this outreach through the winter.  Our attorney is researching precedent right now on “governing through proviso” and also investigating the best mechanism to file our lawsuit should it be necessary. We’ll be all geared up.  We will put up a website at an appropriate time […]

Spartanburg Tea Party articles thus far on Local Government Fund

November 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Want to get caught up on how the Spartanburg Tea Party and our county council has worked on/discussed the Local Government Fund issue over the years?  Here are all the articles we’ve posted since 2013.

November 13, 2017

What are the mandated services?

What are the mandated services the Local Government Fund is required for?

 

November 9, 2017

Press conference video – Spartanburg GOP and Spartanburg Tea Party discuss legal action re: Local Government Fund

PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO!

 

November 9, 2017

Legal action could be taken by SC taxpayers re: LGF

Legal Action could be taken re: Local Government Fund

 

November 5, 2017

LGF: A fight that needs 46 counties – how Spartanburg has fought so far

Local Government Fund, a fight that needs all 46 counties

 

May 11, 2017

Spartanburg Sheriff Chuck Wright requests help for Local Government Fund, asks the Spartanburg Delegation […]

Jeff Duncan on what’s what in DC

November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

From Jeff’s Facebook page:

 

Here’s a brief rundown of what to watch on the Hill in the weeks ahead from the Washington Post. My thoughts are in parentheses.

1. Keeping the lights on: “Both sides have floated the possibility of a short-term stopgap to push negotiations (from Dec. 8) until just before Christmas. But informal talks have been abortive,” Mike DeBonis and Ed O’Keefe report. “The first step toward a resolution will be reaching an agreement on government spending levels for 2018 and perhaps beyond, lifting caps imposed under a bipartisan 2011 budget deal. … Under current law, Congress may appropriate no […]

Friends of the NRA Raffle!

November 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Always GREAT ODDS!  They are only raffling 200 tickets.

To get your raffle ticket, contact Chris at chrislp93@bellsouth.net

 

Difference between House and Senate Tax Bills in 1 chart

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The Daily Signal gives us this handy chart, along with a Heritage recommendation for each item.

The House has now passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate is still working on the final details of its reform package. The Senate plan improves on the House bill in many places and misses important opportunities elsewhere. Here are the differences you need to know about.

Click the link above to view.

Spartanburg County Council Agendas/Meetings

November 14th, 2017|1 Comment

For about 6 years we’ve regularly been providing agenda items for upcoming County Council meetings  here at our website.  I heard from folks recently that they:

Didn’t know when council met

Didn’t know that council meetings were livestreamed and videotaped

Didn’t know they could get the agenda ahead of time

Didn’t know the agenda and supporting document were available on county website

If you visit the Spartanburg County website here … you can find agendas of past and current meetings.  This includes committee meetings and any budget or planning workshops. All open to the public, all videotaped for convenience.

If you would like to receive notice […]

Local Government Fund – what’s next? Meeting Tuesday November 28, 7 PM – The Clock

November 14th, 2017|1 Comment

We have put into motion some plans toward convincing legislators to fully fund the Local Government Fund in the 2018 budget.  We have a lot of work to do!  In response to the press conference last week, the Chairman of Ways and Means, Brian White (R) of Anderson said:

“I welcome the lawsuit. Please sue us. That way we get clarity.”

Seriously…..this is our State Government, talking to the People of Spartanburg County… “Please sue us.”

Please join the Spartanburg Tea Party for a meeting on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 PM at The Clock on Reidville Road. We will have a […]

What are the mandated services the Local Government Fund is required for?

November 13th, 2017|1 Comment

The Local Government Fund is set up by South Carolina law so that when your legislators in Columbia collect taxes from  your county … and then mandate government services be provided by local government for your county … 4.5% of the taxes collected from taxpayers in your county are returned to pay for the services mandated.

So what are those services?  Here’s a list.  So when you have a conversation with  your legislator about fully funding the Local Government Fund in the 2018 state budget, these are the services that you are being taxed twice for:

Animal Shelter

Libraries

Assessors (Equipment/Software)

Magistrates

Building Codes

Master‐in‐Equity

Circuit Court

Medically Indigent […]

Bill to be filed re: permit carry of guns in SC churches

November 10th, 2017|3 Comments

Alan Clemmons:

CONCEALED WEAPONS IN HOUSES OF WORSHIP?
Early this year, the FBI foiled a planned mass shooting at a Myrtle Beach Synogauge. South Carolina has painfully learned that the sanctity of our places of worship aren’t off limits to psychopaths with a death wish. I recently heard from the representative of a congregation in Charleston that had been considering taking advantage of a state law that authorizes concealed weapon permit (CWP) holders to carry on the premises of a place of worship when approved by its governing body. Without such approval it is illegal for a CWP holder to carry on […]

PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO!

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Well what I learned is … I need to SPEAK UP at these things!  Also, we were originally scheduled to do this on the side of the building where there is no traffic and noise.  The weather brought us inside, but at the last minute, it was decided to move back out front. So please endure the noise.

We will be having a meeting in the next few weeks to answer questions and prepare for some next steps, I’ll share that as soon as the details are confirmed.  We are reaching out to all 46 counties and could use YOUR HELP […]